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  • Das Hund 'For Freedom' Tour

    17 October 2018

    Das Hund For Freedom is a new multi-disciplinary artwork by artists Samuel Levack and Jennifer Lewandowski, presenting a visionary exploration of our contemporary world.

    Das Hund For Freedom explores the artists concerns about their place in a late capitalist society which increasingly seeks to commodify creativity. Spanning a four-year period (201518) in which the artists travelled across the UK and USA, filming the urban landscapes of London and Los Angeles and the deserts of Colorado and California. The work is a poetic reflection on the current global political turmoil and reimagines radical counterculture ideas that are returning to the popular imagination.

    Performance will take place at KARST on 15th November, 7pm.

    For more information and to register your interest please follow the link below.


    28 August 2018

    Fusing heavy electronics, hypno-chaotic grooves and pristine frequency control within a unique, audio-visual environment, DRIFT ft. KYOKA / GRISCHA LICHTENBERGER / YTAC sets forth an intoxicating, hyper-sensory experience.

    Part club, part installation, part immersive environment, DRIFT takes shape within a specially constructed space, where motion sensors and microphones monitor the room, the crowd and the performers. The observations are fed to a central 'brain', which responds by projecting fevered machine-dreams back onto people and walls - the audience and the performance influence the visuals; feedback ensues, chaos builds. Inside this generated environment, artists Kyoka and Grischa Lichtenberger from acclaimed German electronic music record label Raster will diffuse their visions of experimental dancefloors.

    Tour support comes from YTAC a key figure of the shady EIS HAUS collective and the newest signing to Glasgow record label Numbers.

    Performance takes place at KARST on 17th November, 8pm to 12am.

    For tickets and more information please follow the link below.

  • PAC Home Crits: Graduate Residency 18/19

    01 October 2018

    Current KARST Graduate Residents Alice Benbridge (University of Plymouth) and Kat Hall (Plymouth College of Art) will present work in progress in their studio. Facilitated by Lucy Rollins from Plymouth Art Centre, the Graduate Residents will present work in progress within their studio, open to discussion and critique.

    Open to all PAC Home Members.

  • Young Arts Summer Art & Design Club with Plymouth College of Art

    01 August 018

    KARST and Plymouth College of Art - PCA are co-hosting the PCA Young Arts Summer & Design Cub this August.

    This 5 day arts course is for young artists aged 9-16 years, featuring a variety of 1 and half day creative workshops designed to bring out your artistic talent.

    Activities will be split between KARST and Palace Court, Plymouth College of Art and include sculpture making, ceramics, animation, printmaking and more, finishing with an afternoon exhibition in KARST's gallery open to family and friends.

    Follow the link below to book a space.

  • Yunohana Variations

    11 June 2018

    Yunohana Variations is the second tour in a series of live shows commissioned by OUTLANDS, the new national experimental touring network. This tour is produced by Supersonic Festival Birmingham, and will be arriving in Plymouth at KARST on 4th July.

    The trio of improvisational luminaries YoshimiO, Susie Ibarra and Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe will be performing together across the United Kingdom for the first time. Yunohana Variations will be supported by local collective Bizarre Rituals. Susie Ibarra will unfortunately not be at the KARST performance.


    22 May 2018


    A Live Art Development Agency DIY 15 Project by Brian Lobel, FK Alexander & Season Butler - exploring television, Live Art, and the relationship between binge watching and durational/endurance performance.

    KARST Callout for Participants : Artists with a relationship to fandom, television, and/or durational/endurance performance, and those who work in one-to-one performance.

    Deadline for applications: 5pm, Mon 18 June

    Workshop Dates: During October 2018

    For more information, please follow the link below.

  • Learning and Participation Workshop with Kelly Jayne Jones

    17 April 2018

    Open Call for OUTLANDS (Experimental Music Touring Network)


    Ahead of her performance with Matana Roberts at The House, Plymouth University, UK sound artist and improvisational sound Kelly Jayne Jones will be holding a free workshop in KARST's gallery space, sharing with the group the methods, approaches and inspirations she uses to create her sound art. Limited to 15 spaces

    Cost: Free

    Time: 6-8pm

    Date: 16th May

    Free refreshments will be provided.

    All workshop participants will be provided with one free ticket to the Matana Roberts and Kelly Jayne Jones OUTLANDS Tour 1 performance taking place at The House, Plymouth University on 17th May.

  • UPCOMING KARST Artist Residency

    13 April 2018

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    KARST is launching it's new Artist Residency Programme with London based artist Mike Ballard. Ballard will be working within the studios between May - June and will conclude his residency with a public exhibition open 24th - 26th May.

    Information on talks and our public programme related to the residency programme will be coming soon. . .


    13 April 2018


    Since recently been awarded status as a new Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation 2018-22, we are now able to offer a new job role in the organisation for a Programme Coordinator who will be responsible for the effective delivery of the planning, organisation and administration of KARST's artistic and public programmes.

    The Programme Coordinator will require proven skills and experience within project coordination and logistics development and delivery. They will oversee the planning, production and logistics of the core gallery programme and any other related events.

    Salary: --- (0.3 FTE) (18K pro rata) + (12% for NIC/pension)

    Working Hours: --- 10.5hrs per week to be worked flexibly

    Contract Type: --- 12 Months fixed term

    Commencing: Immediate Start


    10 April 2017


    Now in its seventh year, the KARST graduate residency provides dedicated support and investment in the professional development of local fine art graduates. It offers emerging artists the mentorship and opportunity to research and develop their artistic practice. Working in partnership with Plymouth College of Art and the University of Plymouth, we offer two graduates a subsidised studio space and the opportunity to become actively involved in the critically engaged environment of professional working artist studios. The five month residency includes a programme of critique and discussion of new work created and concludes with a dedicated exhibition and a public presentation of the work at KARST in January 2019.

    To apply for the graduate residency applicants must return a completed application form to graduateresidency@karst.org.uk by midday Friday 25th May. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed the week commencing 4th June. Successful applicants will begin their residency 1st September. Only applicants studying on a final year Fine Art degree course at either the Plymouth College of Art or the Plymouth University, graduating in 2018 and intending to remain in Plymouth on completion of the course, are eligible to apply. If you have any enquiries ahead of your submission please email us.

  • Apply for KARST Internship

    05 April 2018

    KARST is offering two 6 month internships, one with an administrative focus and one with a technical focus, to begin Friday 11th May 2018. The internships offer the opportunity to work closely with KARST staff in a supporting role towards exhibitions, projects and events. This is a great opportunity for those who are interested and passionate about contemporary art, and would suit those interested in arts management, curating or other related focus within the visual arts.

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday 27th April 12.30pm INTERVIEWS: Friday 4th May 11am - 4pm START DATE: Internships to start Friday 11th May 11am

    For full details and the application form, please follow the link below. E-mail the completed application form to applications@karst.org.uk

  • CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Live Art Development Agency DIY 15: 2018

    21 February 2018

    KARST is proud to announce that we are continuing our working partnership with Live Art Development Agency (LADA) to provide artists with the opportunity to produce and deliver professional development projects.

    LADA is now accepting proposals from artists for DIY15, to take place between July and November this year. DIY15 support allows artists the space to conceive and explore new ideas, conduct new research into their subject areas and serves as a platform for exciting and innovative Live Art to be shown.

    Successful applicants will be awarded £1,500 to support their submission, with a 'top-up fund' to help cover lead artist expenses.

    For more information and to apply for DIY 15 visit: http://www.thisisliveart.co.uk/opportunities/diy-15-2018-call-for-proposals/

    Proposal Deadline ? 12 noon Thursday 22nd March

  • Artistic Research Will Eat Itself

    08 January 2018

    The 9th SAR International Conference on Artistic Research is due to be held at the Plymouth University April 11-13, 2018.

    A research/PhD workshop held at KARST will run in advance of the conference, the results of which will be included within the conference programme. PhD researchers as well as independent artists and curators are invited to bring a semi-developed project to discuss, work on and resolve into an exhibitable form within the conference itself.

    The deadline for proposals has now closed. Please visit the link below for more information.

  • Clare Thornton 'Materials of Resistance'

    30 November 2017

    KARST STUDIO07 artist Clare Thornton has produced a solo exhibition at Plymouth Arts Centre exploring her longstanding interest in folding and falling and its new means of expression through ceramics and print.

    Private View: Thursday 30 November, 6-8pm
    Exhibition continues until 20 January 2018

  • KARST Graduate Residents 2017/18

    08 November 2017

    KARST is delighted to announce that this year's graduate residents are Louise Riou-Djukic (PCA), and Zanna Markillie (PU).

    Louise is a French visual artist whose work is centred around the female body and feminism. Through endurance-based performance, she uses her body as art to incite conversation on what it means to be female in contemporary society.

    Zanna's work is inspired by her fascination with the origin of subjective consciousness. The locations for her work oscillate between the public and private. Using the body to orchestrate encounters in these venues, she explores the human condition and ritual.

  • Postgraduate Student Night

    27 October 2017

    Last Wednesday's Postgrad night saw MA students from Plymouth Uni and Plymouth College of Art get together and have a play around with language.
    The workshop was part of We The People are The Work's event series, and was led by art writer Lizzie Lloyd. Students in attendance were studying Disruptive Design, Fine Art, Computer Science and Printmaking.

    Image by Vesislava Zheleva

  • We The People: Plain speaking tour with Crazy Glue

    20 October 2017

    Last weekend, Efford-based community arts group Crazy Glue conducted a plain speaking tour of We The People Are The Work. Starting at KARST and then going to the council house, the tour was designed to make discussions about art available to all ages. Crazy Glue consists of parents and their children at High View School, and they work with Take A Part to make their own art and work with professional artists.

    If you missed out on the tour, a second one will be held on Saturday 11th November at 1PM, starting at KARST.
    Another tour covering the other 3 venues will be held on Saturday 4th November at 1PM, starting at Plymouth College of Art.

  • WTP PostGrad Student Gallery Night

    13 October 2017

    We The People are The Work have invited art writer Lizzie Lloyd to join us at KARST for a Postgraduate Student Night Special . Lizzie Lloyd is visiting Associate Lecturer at the University of the West of England, Bristol and co-founder and convener of the Art Writing Writing Art research cluster at the University of Bristol. She is currently writing a PhD at the University of Bristol, entitled 'Subjectivity and Art Writing'.

    Free, no need to book. Open to Plymouth University & Plymouth College of Art post-grad students.


    10 August 2017

    PEEPSHOW, an artist open studio event with a twist. On Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 September KARST studios will be open to the public to explore the artists spaces through the viewpoint of their own. Open between 11-5PM on both days. PEEPSHOW is run as an event as part of Plymouth Art Weekender.

  • We The People Are The Work

    1 August 2017

    KARST is pleased to announce our involvement in Plymouths next major multi-site exhibition, We The People Are The Work. Curated by Simon Morrissey, We The People Are The Work is a project-based exhibition engaging national & international artists with the local communities in Plymouth. The outcome of this project will be exhibited across 5 Galleries in Plymouth (Peninsula Arts, Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth Arts Centre, KARST & Council House) opening on 22nd September in association with Plymouth Art Weekender.

  • Webcam project with PSCA

    21 March 2017

    Today we launch an exciting test project with our neighbours Plymouth School of Creative Arts, featuring a live webcam feed transmitted to the school over this week. Students will be able to see the ongoing installation of our upcoming show 'META-MATTER' that opens this Friday at 7pm.

  • Corridor

    11 April 2017

    KARST, i-DAT and INDEXprojects have revealed the results of our collaborative VR project > CORRIDOR VR Enter the corridor and experience the strangely familiar...... INDEXprojects present 'Corridor', an immersive virtual environment linking Stroud and Plymouth. This is an Arts Council funded project made in collaboration with KARST, a contemporary artspace in Plymouth and i-DAT, a digital research lab based at Plymouth University. Sound Design by Near Future. 22 - 23 April - Knapp House Barn, The Vatch, Slad, GL6 7JZ

  • Millfields Inspired at KARST

    17th November 2016

    As part of the Millfields Inspired project, a group of year 5 High Street primary school students stopped by KARST gallery for some inspiration for their space themed group show 'Luna Landings', exploring the children's journeys through space and navigating beyond the sun through the solar system.

  • KARST Secures NPO

    27 June 2017

    KARST is pleased to announce we have received our first Arts Council England's National Portfolio Organisations Status for the next four years. Donna, Carl & everyone from the team at KARST would like to thank everyone for their belief and support in us.

  • KARST & Minerva Fundraising Success

    30 March 2016

    Following on from our hugely successful fundraiser with Minerva Streetwear, KARST has raised over 800 pounds in support of independent culture across Plymouth. This could not have been made possible with out the amazing DJ's, artists and volunteers as well as everyone in attendance.

  • Syllabus III - SouthWest Drop In Session

    22nd March 2016

    KARST will host the regional drop in session for artists interested in applying for SYLLABUS III. Syllabus III; a peer-led alternative learning programme in its third year that will support ten artists across ten months, starts in September and will provide selected participants with a series of intensive sessions led by each of the partners.

  • KARST Graduate Residency Exhibition 2016/17

    26 January 2016

    In September 2016, two Fine Art graduates from Plymouth College of Art and Plymouth University, supported by both institutions, were awarded a studio space at KARST for five months as part of the yearly graduate residency scheme. As a focused outcome to the residency; selected artists' Charlie Knight and Gemma Mackenzie will be presenting new work for an exhibition in KARST's lower gallery space.

    Private View: 27th January / 6.30-8.30pm
    Exhibition Continues: 28th-29th January 2017 / 11-5pm

    Residency Critique from 5.30-6.30pm on Friday 27th for PAC Home members

  • Keith Harrison awarded commission by Jerwood Open Forrest

    30 November 2015

    KARST Studio6 Artist Keith Harrison has been awarded a major 30,000 pounds commission through the 2016 edition of Jerwood Open Forest; established by Forestry Commission England and Jerwood Charitable Foundation, with support from Arts Council England.

    The project seeks to contribute to a national discussion around how contemporary artists engage with the environment today, presenting forests as a rich and immersive platform for bold and ambitious works.


    16 October 2015

    27 October at National Space CentreBiennale Tickets : 110 pounds from www.fulldome.org.uk

    Exploring current and future art practice in VR and Fulldome, issues of social and political developments in digital space, theory and practice of distribution and exhibition, accessibility and documentation of virtual worlds.

    Artists, academics, curators and industry creatives at the cutting edge of VR and Fulldome technology will present and discuss their work, including contemporary multi-media artist Shezad Dawood.

    The symposium is part of a research and development project funded by Arts Council England a collaboration between two artist-led organisations: INDEXprojects (indexprojects.co.uk) and KARST (karst.org.uk) & the pioneering digital research lab i-DAT(i-dat.org) aiming to develop a platform in VR and fulldome where artists and galleries can engage and exhibit in radical ways.

  • Ambition for Excellence

    20 November 2015

    Horizon, a two year visual arts programme in Plymouth, has been awarded £635,000 in Arts Council England's latest round of Ambition for Excellence. The programme will feature four projects: a cross-city art exhibition working with communities across Plymouth (2017); a major international public art festival (2018); and two editions of the 'Plymouth Art Weekender' festival (2017 and 2018).

    These projects will place Plymouth firmly on the map as a major cultural destination in the lead up to Mayflower 400 and the opening of the £34 million History Centre in 2020. Horizon is a collaborative programme developed between Plymouth University, Plymouth College of Art - PCA, Plymouth Arts Centre, KARST, Plymouth City Council (Official) and Visual Arts Plymouth - VAP and has been led by Plymouth Culture.

  • KARST Online Shop

    24 November 2015

    KARST now offers a range of editions as an opportunity to buy affordable contemporary art works that have been generously contributed by artists who have featured in our exhibitions programme. All proceeds go to respecting artists and the development of KARST's future programme.

    With works from KONSORTIUM, HEMAN CHONG, ATOI, JOEY HOLDER, PAUL BUCK, DAVID BLANDY with more artist editions to follow: http://karst.org.uk/shop

  • Be Your Dog.

    18th October 2015

    KARST is excited to annoounce our last event as part of our programme for 2016. In partnership with the Live Art Development Agency, will be a public performance by dogs and their owners on Sunday 6th November 2pm - 2.30pm.